Detmold University of Music

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Detmold University of Music
founding 1946
Sponsorship state
place Detmold
state North Rhine-Westphalia
country Germany
Rector Thomas Grosse
Students 751 WS 2014/15

The Hochschule für Musik Detmold is a music academy in Detmold in North Rhine-Westphalia and was founded in 1946 under the name Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie Detmold . The main building is located in the New Palais at Neustadt 22. The number of students in the 2014 winter semester was 751. Around 450 concerts take place each year, at which they have the opportunity to demonstrate their newly acquired skills.


At the school there is training to become a composer , orchestral musician , pianist , opera , lied and oratorio singer, conductor , church musician and vocal and instrumental teacher . There is also the possibility of studying school music for the qualification to teach at grammar school and comprehensive school as well as elementary music pedagogy and singing with children; Finally, there are the two Tonmeister degree programs “Music Transmission / Tonmeister” and “Music Direction / Tonmeister” at the Erich Thienhaus Institute (ETI). In addition, there are advanced and additional courses for further education, including the first master’s course in music education / music management established at a German university .

Structure and structure

Main building of the university in the Palais, June 2008

Thomas Grosse has been the rector of the conservatoire since the 2014 winter semester , who was elected by the university's senate for a six-year term in April 2014. Hans Bertels has been the university's chancellor since May 2007.

The Detmold University of Music Foundation has existed since December 2006 to finance extraordinary activities. This had reached a fortune of 1 million euros in the summer of 2013.

The Detmold / Paderborn Musicological Seminar, which has existed as an independent institution since 1977, has been institutionalized since 1991 under the joint sponsorship of the Detmold University of Music and the University of Paderborn . The library of the Hochschule für Musik Detmold is located as a joint music library of the Hochschule für Musik, the musicological seminar and the Lippische Landesbibliothek since 2015 in its own new building on the Detmold "FORUM Wissenschaft | Bibliothek | Musik".

Detmold Young Students Institute

The main building, seen from the palace garden

The Detmold Young Student Institute , or DJI for short, is an important institution at the Musikhochschule , where young talents are prepared for studying music. The DJI strives to provide highly qualified and comprehensive support for musically gifted children and young people as early as possible. Classes for young students take place every two weeks on weekends. It starts on Friday afternoon and continues on Saturday. The schedule includes choir singing , chamber music , a musicological seminar, composition / ear training and improvisation training. In addition, the DJI has its own concert series, called the springboard , on the first Sunday of the month during the university semester , with a concert in the Brahms hall. This is intended to give the DJI students a suitable framework for performance training.

Research at the EIT

Research at the ETI currently focuses on the acoustics of musical instruments, especially the bassoon and the singing voice, audio technology, musician's health and the interaction between room musicians and listeners.

In the field of research, the ETI cooperates with German and international music colleges, universities and colleges. In the fields of musicology (Paderborn University), acoustics and signal processing (RWTH Aachen University) and musical acoustics (Institute for Viennese Sound Style) there are joint research projects as well as master's theses and doctorates. As part of the DEGA “Musical Acoustics” technical committee and the VDT “Research and Development” section, seminars and symposia on current topics are held. In recent years, several EU projects (Marie Curie Integrated Training Network) and DFG-funded projects have been carried out.


After initial planning in 1944, the university was founded in 1946 as the Northwest German Music Academy Detmold . In 1956 the name was expanded to include the Northwest German Music Academy Detmold, the State University of Music . After the universities in Münster and Dortmund were merged with the Detmold University, there was another name change in 1972 to State University of Music Westphalia-Lippe. Northwest German Music Academy Detmold . Accordingly, the other institutes were named Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Westfalen-Lippe. Münster department or Dortmund department . In 1987 the current name Hochschule für Musik Detmold was introduced. In 2004 there was another restructuring in which the Münster department was affiliated to the Westphalian Wilhelms University of Münster as the Münster University of Music and the Dortmund department was dissolved.

After it was founded, the Northwest German Music Academy looked for suitable classrooms. Music lessons have been taking place in some rooms of the New Palace since 1946/47 . After lengthy negotiations between the Detmold museum management and the founders of the academy, the university was able to use the New Palace in its entirety for its own purposes from January 24, 1954.

Before that, some renovations were necessary in order to use the historic building as a music college . Some rooms were enlarged by removing partitions. A spacious foyer was created at the entrance and space was created for a cafeteria in the basement . From 2004 to 2006 all classrooms were renovated and the building was given an elevator and a winter garden . In the course of the renovation work, numerous historical ceiling paintings and floors were exposed that could be restored.


The graduates since 1949 include a .:

Former and current lecturers at the university

Web links

Commons : Hochschule für Musik Detmold  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Detmold University of Music: Rectorate> Rector. Retrieved December 13, 2019 .
  2. Federal Statistical Office: Number of students by type of university, state and university, WS 2012/13, pp. 66–113 (accessed on November 3, 2013)
  3. ^ Institutions
  4. Continuing education master's degree in music education / music management
  5. ^ Head of the HfM
  6. FORUM Science Library Music: Home. Retrieved July 12, 2020 .
  7. Detmold Young Students Institute
  8. Michael Schubert: Research. In: . Erich-Thienhaus-Institut, 2019, accessed on December 24, 2019 .
  9. History of the HfM
  10. a b Thomas Dann: New Palais Detmold . In: Lippischer Heimatbund (Ed.): Lippische Kulturlandschaften . tape 16 , 2010, ISBN 978-3-941726-16-1 . , Page 23

Coordinates: 51 ° 55 ′ 43.3 "  N , 8 ° 52 ′ 24.4"  E